09 April 2013

A350 first flight in 3 months, after Paris Air Show

Airbus is planning to conduct the first flight of the A350 in about 3 months, likely after the Paris air show.

"It will be around mid-year, just after Paris or a week later. It's difficult to say," Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier told Flightglobal on the sidelines of an industry lunch in Washington DC.

 “For the program, and this is what counts, it doesn’t make any difference if [the first flight] is before or just after. What counts is to fly around mid-year, because it will support the deliveries in 2014, which is what counts,” Bregier added.

No issues have come up in testing that change the mid-year target, he said.

Airbus has said that the first flight of the A350 will take place in mid-2013. Bregier notes that it is difficult to say when exactly the first flight will take place. "There are many, many tests to pass. So far the progress is good... We are on track," he said.

Based on the article “A350 first flight in three months, after Paris air show” published in Flightglobal

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